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“Fallout From The War” by Shadow’s Fall

Artist: Shadow’s Fall
Title: “Fallout From The War”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 6/13/2006
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 2.5/5

The fallout from being one of the quintessential artifacts of the New England Metalcore scene lends itself to the uneventful execution by stalwarts Shadows Fall. Delivering uneven, tremor trembling thrash metal…or something like that from the fallout of a war, the western Massachusetts Metal core mayhem that once defined the SF execution now sees itself come to terms with tumultuous tenacity. The release is a multi-song full-length that is more apt to be an EP or B-side status than a true-to-form full-length album.
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“Live At Modern Drummer Festival 2005” w/Chris Adler (Lamb of God) & Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall)

Artist: Chris Adler (Lamb of God) & Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall)
Title: “Modern Drummer Festival 2005”
Label: Music Video Distributors
Release Date: 3/20/2006
Style: Heavy Metal
Rating: 7/10

Filmed at the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival this DVD is a Heavy Metal drummers dream. How else could you describe a video that gives you knock down performance footage from the drummers of both Lamb Of God and Shadow’s Fall. Clearly the two bands are delivering among the best Metal heard in recent years and it would sound a lot different if these two gents were not in the respective drum chairs. Being a former drummer myself I enjoyed this a lot because there was also a lot of dialogue from both players and not just straight performance pieces. Chris starts out the film and tells a lot of his origins and from this the most interesting point is the fact that he has only been drumming since age 21. Hearing the music of Lamb Of God and knowing what Adler does for the band should serve as some inspiration to those who might feel it is too late to begin playing the instrument. Chris performs three LoG songs with the assistance of his Brother (fellow band member Willie) on guitar but he does not do a solo of his own citing that he is more about the songs with the band than that display. Chris also manages to treat the viewer to some rough tracks he is working on with Ron Jarzombek (Brother to killer drummer Bobby). During the talks Adler is very personable and affable, making a sharp contrast to the type of Metal that Lamb Of God plays. I enjoyed his segment very much and feel most viewers will take away the same view.
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“The Best Of Taste Of Chaos” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “The Best Of Taste Of Chaos”
Label: Warcon Records
Release Date: 1/24/2006
Genre: Metal/Alternative
Rating: 5/10

The Taste Of Chaos tour follows in the footsteps of Ozzfest and The Warped Tour in establishing itself as bringing you the latest music in one big event. TOC however is focused on keeping it heavier and less avant-garde than Warped is, and for fans of the harder edged style but not as heavy or name brand as Ozzfest has become this festival is right up their alley. Warcon Records has taken a track from each band and the result is the ultimate concert sampler. It allows you the best way to get an idea of what awaits you at this particular festival and also makes a kick-ass collection of the years hottest bands. The double-CD gives you 36 songs and will probably direct you to looking deeper into their full album. There are some stand out performers featured on the disk such as Shadows Fall, The Used, Killswitch Engage, Bloodsimple and many more. The CD seems to be split into two sections with the newer more alternative bands on the first CD and then the heavier bands holding court on the second CD. This allows the fan of heavy or kinda heavy the chance to focus on the individual CD aimed at that aspect.
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Slipknot @ Continental Airlines Arena (3/5/2005)

Artist: Slipknot
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena, NJ
Opener: Gizmachi, Shadows Fall, Lamb Of God
Date: 3-6-2005

The Slipknot show at Continental Airlines Arena would prove to start with both an interesting as well as annnoying twist. Of the four bands performing, Gizmachi was set to kick it off and the tickets showed a start of 7:00 pm. On walking in at exactly that time we were told by ushers that Gizmachi had played three songs about 30 minutes ago. It is not fair to the audience who pays for the ticket or the band who expects a decent crowd to be there for a show such as this. Instead people were probably wondering why Gizmachi shirts were on sale since they had missed them and were unaware they even played. This band in particular is a discovery of the “Clown” member of Slipknot, so you would think the venue would allot some accommodation. I imagine it beneficial to generate a buzz in a new CD that is coming out. This cant help it at all.

It was also interesting to look around the venue and find it not overly crowded. Given Slipknots overall appeal to the metal fans, and then combine that with the chance to see Shadows Fall and Lamb Of God on the same bill this was odd. Looking inside the venue to the top section, one could see a black curtain draped around the entire structure. This means that not one seat was sold for the entire area. Now that’s a lot of empty seats and it would have seemed bad had it not be covered up. Also random scatters of empty sections which did not fill even at Slipknots time were very visible. I am not sure how or why this is the case, but we made the best of it and still rocked hard. Further investigation had me finding this was considered a scaled-down event, but I still felt Slipknot has the notoriety to fill this venue.
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